Throughout recorded history, there has always been something special about leaving the stuffy confines of your home and eating a meal outdoors. We know there’s a beautiful world out there waiting for us to come visit it, and when summer comes around we’re reminded just how much time we’ve been locked inside or being eager to come in from the cold.
The word ‘picnic’ is thought to have first been used by Tony Willis in 1692, and from that point forward everyone from the working class to high society have been fascinated with taking their meals outside under the sky.
Picnics have been used for many things throughout the centuries, from a simply family gathering spent enjoying the outdoors, to being used as a peaceful protest in the Pan-European Picnic, which was held on the Hungarian/Austrian border in 1989. The most notable, and largest, picnic ever held spanned 600 miles, crossing France from coast to coast and celebrated the millennium’s first Bastille Day in 2000. Such a diverse range of uses for something so simple, don’t you think?
Picnic Month celebrates the history of this activity and the way it has been used to bring families, countries, and all humanity together.
How to celebrate Picnic Month
Picnic month is exceptionally easy to celebrate! You just have to get outside into the world and enjoy all the wonderful sights and smells it has to offer. Get your family and friends together at a favourite nearby park and bring your favourite foods that can be eaten cold for a traditional picnic, or bring a small grill and prepare warm delicious food on the spot!